The special commission of inquiry into use of the drug ice in the Hunter and New England areas starts on Tuesday.
The three-day public hearing in East Maitland will run from June 18 to 20.
Established by the NSW Government, the commission is expected to examine the prevalence of crystal methamphetamine, as well as the impacts of and responses to its use.
Commissioner, Professor Dan Howard SC, said ice was clearly having serious impacts across the Hunter and New England.
He will hear evidence from a range of witnesses with first-hand experience of the challenges posed by drug use. They include frontline workers, health practitioners, educators and providers of drug and alcohol treatment services.
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